If you are looking ahead to February and beyond, check out the Yearly Calendar of Events for Metro Detroit.
When: 1/4/13 through 1/5/13
Where: The Magic Bag, Ferndale
In its 19th year, the Anti-Freeze Blues Festival features Kim Simmonds & Savoy Brown and Larry McCray. Tickets are $20 to $25 depending on the night you attend.
When: 1/13/13 with events from 4 PM to 11 PM
Where: MotorCity Casino Hotel
The Urban Wheels Awards are in their 17th year and recognize the achievement of automotive companies and suppliers. The co-hosts in 2013 are Necy Nash and Edward James Olmos.
When: 1/18/13 through 1/20/13
Where: Downtown Plymouth
The Plymouth community was one of the first to showcase ice sculptures. In its 31st year, the Plymouth Ice Festival continues to attract international talent and to set the standard for all ice-sculpture events in the Metro-Detroit area. With well over 100 ice statues, scavenger hunts, live music and family shows, the festival is still worth getting bundled up to face the cold.
Photo Tour of 2008 Plymouth Ice Festival
When: 1/19/13 through 1/27/13
Where: Cobo Center, Downtown Detroit
One of Detroit's biggest tourist attractions and winter distractions is the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). Detroit's Auto Show is renowned internationally because of its large number of world debuts, its historical significance, and the charm of the Motor City.
When: 1/23/13 through 1/28/13
Frankenmuth hosts one of Michigan's premier winter events: Zehnder's Snowfest, where ice and snow carvers from all over the world come to create a magical winter landscape. In addition to the carvings made out of both ice and snow, the event has fireworks, petting zoo and children's activities.
When: 1/25/13 through 1/26/13
Where: Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor
In its 36th year, the Ann Arbor Folk Festival celebrates all music folk, roots and ethnic. A host of musical artists will perform over two nights, including City and Colour, Delta Rae, Frontier Ruckus, Lucinda Williams, Drew Nelson and Colin Hay (as MC). Tickets for one night start at $35. Proceeds will benefit The Ark.
When: 1/25/13 through 1/27/13
Where: Third and Water Streets, Downtown Rochester
Celebrating all things winter, the Fire & Ice Fest comes back to downtown Rochester with Ice Sculpture Show, Beer Tent, Tube Sledding Run, fireworks, dog sled demos, figure-skating exhibition, snow shoeing and cross-country skiing.
The Ferndale Blues Festival is in its 12th year of raising money for local charities. The festival is actually a series of 60 live concerts that take place at venues within bars and restaurants along Woodward Avenue and Nine Mile Road. Steve Cox & Detroit Hammers, Geezer Band, Todd Fostery, and Delilah DeWylde & The Lost Boys are just a few of the artists scheduled to perform over the nine-day period.
Where: Comerica Park, Detroit
The 18th annual Tigerfest allows fans to interact with the team's players and coaches. In addition to all the fan mingling, the event includes autograph sessions, photo booths, seminars, batting cages, clubhouse tours, and face painting. Tickets are $25 for adults, $12 for kids.
When: Throughout the Winter
Where: Woodward Avenue, Downtown Detroit
The Park at Campus Martius was designed to be the central square of the city. During the winter months, the park offers a venue for ice skating, and the nearby cafe offers hot chocolate to keep Detroiters warm and toasty.